Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch
The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch was founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnudevananda of southern India, for the practice of Yoga and the study of Vedanta. It is nestled in the beautiful rolling Catskill Mountains, just 100 miles outside New York City. It is an ashram within the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, one of the largest Yoga organizations in the world. Swami Vishnu's vision is still very much alive today and the organization he founded in 1969 has trained more than 30,000 Yoga teachers to date.
Deeply-rooted in classical Yoga and Vedanta, and secluded in the natural Catskill beauty, the Yoga Ranch is a peaceful haven to relax, rejuvenate, and explore the depths of spirit.
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The Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training Course allows graduates from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course to deepen their spiritual practice and their study of Hatha yoga, Vedanta philosophy, Raja Yoga, anatomy and Sanskrit.
ATTC is designed as a way for Yoga teachers to deepen your understanding of basic Yogic principles and strengthen in your Sadhana, spiritual practices. During this month-long intensive the student experiences the purifying and transformative power of an intermediate level Yoga practice. This unique and informative training course will help you dive deeper into the path of meditation focusing on the more subtle aspects of Yoga. The course is taught by senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda and is considered to be the next step after the 200-hour Yoga Teachers' Training Course.
Yoga Asanas: Progress in your yoga asana practice (advanced variations and prolonged holding of the postures), and increase your concentration.
Pranayama: One hour of practice each morning including advanced pranayama, mudras and bandhas.
Vedanta: Study of the different philosophical schools of India, Vedantic theory and practice, and Vedantic meditation techniques.
Raja Yoga: In-depth study of Patanjali Yoga Sutras for deeper understanding of how to control and eventually transcend the mind.
Sanskrit: The alphabet, pronunciation and the writing of sacred mantras and common Yogic vocabulary.
Anatomy and Physiology: Functioning of the nervous and the endocrine systems in relation to the practice of Yoga.
Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga: Inner attitudes of selfless service, the nine modes of Bhakti as a means for transforming emotions into love and devotion.
ATTC Daily Schedule
4:30am Wake up & self-guided Kriyas
5:00am Pranayama Practice
6:00am Satsang* or Silent Walk
8:00am Hatha Yoga and Pranayama Class (all levels)
9:00am Anatomy and Physiology Class
11:00am Karma Yoga (selfless service)
12:00pm Raja Yoga or Sanskrit Lectures
2:00pm Main Lecture (Vedanta, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga)
4:00pm Advanced Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00pm Lights out
* satsang - meditation, chanting / kirtan and philosophy lecture.
Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time.
Each Friday is a day off. Students are required to attend morning pranayama, morning and evening satsangs as well as to complete their one-hour of karma yoga. The rest of the day is free for their own personal study and activities.